CASCAIS, Portugal – With none of the women's hockey powers applying, Hungary stepped up and were awarded the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship. It will take place in Budapest.
The Hungarian women's U18 program is a fairy-tale story. They won the 2012 U18 Division IA event in Tromsö, Norway and earned promotion to the 2013 top pool women's U18 championship, with all the major powers Canada, USA, Sweden and Finland.
But the Hungarian followed up one upset with another, this time in Vierumäki, Finland. They not only finished 6th out of eight teams, the Hungarian girls were competitive in every game and they even secured quarter-final participation by defeating Germany 2-1 in OT in the preliminary round.
They lost the quarter-final to Sweden 4-0 and dropped a 3-1 decision to host Finland in the 5th place game. But this was a success for Hungary and now the Hungarian Ice Hockey Association decided to use the momentum by applying for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship.
"When the opportunity came up, we didn't hesitate for long," said Zoltan Kovacs, the general secretary of the Hungarian association.
The dates for the championship are 23 March - 30 March, 2014.
"There is a very good feeling in the Hungarian ice hockey community right now due to the girls' positive under-18 development and since we have a perfect facility for the championship, we decided to apply. We are very proud to host the best teams in the world in this category in our capital."
The championship will be held at Budapest's IceCenter, a modern (opened in 2002) and a perfect-fit facility in the northern outskirts of the capital (Ujpest), with both rinks under one roof.
The main rink has an attendance capacity of 2.000.